Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Call to Action: Connecticut. Oppose HB 5286 (Confusing labeling standards that would serve to limit availability of products for adults) and SUPPORT SB 24 (Ban on sales to minors)


Two bills have been introduced in Connecticut:
  • OPPOSE HB 5286, which would impose confusing and non-industry-standard requirements regarding product labeling.  CASAA OPPOSES this legislation because rather than serving to inform consumers, HB 5286 would (1) cause confusion and (2) would effectively reduce the availability of e-cigarettes (both hardware and liquid) offered to adult consumers in the state.  HB 5286 has been referred to the Public Health Committee, and it has been set for a hearing on FRIDAY, February 28th, 2014 at 10:30 AM in Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building (LOB).
  • SUPPORT SB 24, which would ban sales to minors.  Unless this bill is amended to include additional restrictions or provisions, CASAA SUPPORTS this bill.  SB 24 has been referred to and has been set for a hearing on THURSDAY, February 27th, 2014 at 12 P.M. in Room 2B of the Legislative Office Building (LOB).

Friday, February 21, 2014

Call to Action! Washington Bill to Impose Excessive 95% Tax on E-Cigarettes

URGENT UPDATE 3/11/14:   The threat of excessive taxation of e-cigarettes in Washington remains and, in fact, we have received word that Senate Republicans met on Saturday to caucus on the tax proposals and have already "spent" the money in their appropriations plans for the state, which plans include a tax of 75% to 95% on e-cigarettes.   This matter could be decided THIS WEEK.

It is imperative that vapers and harm reduction advocates  call and email members of the Senate and House and let them know that you consider e-cigarettes to be potentially life saving, and you strongly oppose any efforts to impose punitive taxes on a product that is estimated to be 99% less hazardous than smoking.  


CONTACT LIST FOR WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATORS

To email Senate members, you can use the form found at https://dlr.leg.wa.gov/MemberEmail/Default.aspx?Chamber=S 

Senators:
R
(360) 786-7650
R
(360) 786-7618
R
6
(360) 786-7610
R
2
(360) 786-7602
R
(360) 786-7632
D
3
(360) 786-7604
R
(360) 786-7638
R
8
(360) 786-7614
D
(360) 786-7662
D
(360) 786-7696
D
(360) 786-7656
R
(360) 786-7648
R
7
(360) 786-7612
D
(360) 786-7652
D
(360) 786-7658
R
(360) 786-7682
R
(360) 786-7692
D
(360) 786-7642
D
(360) 786-7690
D
(360) 786-7646
D
(360) 786-7616
D
(360) 786-7636
R
(360) 786-7630
R
(360) 786-7672
D
(360) 786-7686
R
(360) 786-7624
R
(360) 786-7684
D
(360) 786-7664
R
(360) 786-7626
D
(360) 786-7688
D
(360) 786-7670
D
(360) 786-7640
R
(360) 786-7641
D
1
(360) 786-7600
D
(360) 786-7674
D
5
(360) 786-7608
D
(360) 786-7667
R
(360) 786-7654
R
4
(360) 786-7606
R
(360) 786-7622
R
(360) 786-7676
D
(360) 786-7628
D
(360) 786-7678
R
(360) 786-7634
R
(360) 786-7660
D
(360) 786-7644
R
9
(360) 786-7620
D
(360) 786-7668
D
(360) 786-7694


State Representatives in the House:

To email House members, you can use the form found at: https://dlr.leg.wa.gov/MemberEmail/Default.aspx?Chamber=H

(360) 786-7934
(360) 786-7862
(360) 786-7870
(360) 786-7854
(360) 786-7814
(360) 786-7960
(360) 786-7920
4
(360) 786-7820
(360) 786-7926
(360) 786-7978
(360) 786-7954
(360) 786-7846
(360) 786-7896
(360) 786-7804
9
(360) 786-7942
(360) 786-7818
(360) 786-7974
(360) 786-7952
(360) 786-7830
(360) 786-7878
(360) 786-7958
(360) 786-7868
(360) 786-7848
(360) 786-7966
8
(360) 786-7986
(360) 786-7842
(360) 786-7918
(360) 786-7976
(360) 786-7832
(360) 786-7914
6
(360) 786-7962
(360) 786-7892
(360) 786-7956
2
(360) 786-7824
(360) 786-7992
(360) 786-7936
(360) 786-7866
(360) 786-7930
(360) 786-7810
(360) 786-7910
(360) 786-7996
8
(360) 786-7882
(360) 786-7898
7
(360) 786-7988
(360) 786-7967
(360) 786-7800
(360) 786-7902
5
(360) 786-7876
(360) 786-7808
(360) 786-7872
(360) 786-7948
(360) 786-7970
1
(360) 786-7900
(360) 786-7890
(360) 786-7828
(360) 786-7990
3
(360) 786-7946
(360) 786-7972
(360) 786-7834
(360) 786-7980
6
(360) 786-7922
(360) 786-7838
(360) 786-7812
(360) 786-7886
(360) 786-7940
3
(360) 786-7888
(360) 786-7950
(360) 786-7864
5
(360) 786-7852
(360) 786-7856
(360) 786-7880
(360) 786-7944
(360) 786-7906
9
(360) 786-7844
(360) 786-7816
(360) 786-7802
(360) 786-7840
(360) 786-7894
4
(360) 786-7984
7
(360) 786-7908
(360) 786-7884
(360) 786-7822
1
(360) 786-7928
(360) 786-7994
(360) 786-7858
(360) 786-7806
(360) 786-7860
(360) 786-7874
(360) 786-7904
(360) 786-7916
(360) 786-7850
(360) 786-7826
(360) 786-7836
(360) 786-7932
2
(360) 786-7912
(360) 786-7924
(360) 786-7964
(360) 786-7968



UPDATE 2/26/14 3:50 PM central:  We have received word that the Washington State House of Representatives has released its budget and it includes a tax on e-cigarettes. There will be a hearing TONIGHT (Wednesday, Feb 26) at 6 PM Pacific before the House Ways & Means Appropriations Committee at the State House at 416 Sid Snyder Avenue SW in Olympia.

Updated 2/26/14 4:25 PM Central:  Please plan on arriving at 5:15 P.M. if at all possible.  As a sign of respect, we request that you refrain from vaping during the meeting.

If you can't attend the meeting (or even if you can), please call the members of the House Appropriations Committee and let them know that you consider e-cigarettes to be potentially life saving, and you strongly oppose any efforts to impose punitive taxes on a product that is estimated to be 99% less hazardous than smoking.

Members of the House Appropriations Committee:



Hunter, Ross (D) Chair - (360) 786-7936
Ormsby, Timm (D) Vice Chair - (360) 786-7946
Chandler, Bruce (R)  - (360) 786-7960
Ross, Charles (R)  - (360) 786-7856
Wilcox, J.T. (R)  - (360) 786-7912
Buys, Vincent (R) - (360) 786-7854
Carlyle, Reuven (D) - (360) 786-7814
Christian, Leonard (R) - (360) 786-7820
Cody, Eileen (D) - (360) 786-7978
Dahlquist, Cathy (R) - (360) 786-7846
Dunshee, Hans (D) - (360) 786-7804
Fagan, Susan (R) - (360) 786-7942
Green, Tami (D) - (360) 786-7958
Haigh, Kathy (D) - (360) 786-7966
Haler, Larry (R) - (360) 786-7986
Harris, Paul (R) - (360) 786-7976
Hudgins, Zack (D) - (360) 786-7956
Hunt, Graham (R) - (360) 786-7824
Hunt, Sam (D) - (360) 786-7992
Jinkins, Laurie (D) - (360) 786-7930
Kagi, Ruth (D) - (360) 786-7910
Lytton, Kristine (D) - (360) 786-7800
Morrell, Dawn (D) - (360) 786-7948
Parker, Kevin (R) - (360) 786-7922
Pettigrew, Eric (D) - (360) 786-7838
Schmick, Joe (R) - (360) 786-7844
Seaquist, Larry (D) - (360) 786-7802
Springer, Larry (D) - (360) 786-7822
Sullivan, Pat (D) - (360) 786-7858
Taylor, David (R) - (360) 786-7874

Tharinger, Steve (D) - (360) 786-7904

URGENT!!


Last year, the State of Washington wisely banned sales of “vapor products” to minors.  This year, groups opposing e-cigarettes have pushed for legislation to redefine e-cigarettes as a “tobacco product” and a “tobacco substitute.”

Senate Bill 6569 was introduced on February 19, 2014 and has been referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.   The matter could be considered as early as next week.

If passed, Senate Bill 6569 will:
  • Eliminate the definition of e-cigarettes as vapor products and instead define them as a “tobacco product” and a “tobacco substitute.”
  • Subject e-cigarettes to an unconscionable 95% tax.